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April’s Monthly Round-Up

I thought I’d steam through books in April because I had so much time off but turns out I struggled to find time in the first couple of weeks! I spent four lovely days in Yorkshire with my family and managed to read a little in the evenings. After that, my mum came to stay with me in London and we were super busy seeing the sights so I didn’t get my butt in gear and buckle down with my books until the second week of April, but I quickly made up for lost time!

This month was dominated by my Magical Readathon books. Those that were for the readathon have a little lightning bolt emoji next to them and my full summary of the Magical Readathon will be up soon. Until then, here’s what I read in April:


  • New American Best Friend by Olivia Gatwood (Review) – 5 stars
  • Zlata’s Diary: A Child’s Life in Wartime Sarajevo by Zlata Filipović (Review) – 2 stars
  • Bleaker House by Nell Stevens (Review) – 2 stars
  • Borne by Jeff Vandermeer (Review) – 5 stars
  • Red Clocks by Leni Zumas (Review) – 2 stars
  • Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta (Review) – 3 stars
  • The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (Review) – 4 stars
  • Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras (Review) – 5 stars
  • The Farm by Joanne Ramos (Review) – 3 stars
  • Everything Under by Daisy Johnson (Review) – 4 stars
  • Last of the Magpies by Mark Edwards (Review) – 4 stars

I actually read Olivia Gatwood’s poetry collection last month but didn’t get the review up until early April, and The Farm was a read from February but I delayed posting the review until closer to its publication date.

All the other books were for the Magical Readathon, but Last of the Magpies also doubled up for my Unread Shelf Project read for this month.

Missed some posts?

On the small screen

  • Game of Thrones is back! I’ve been an indifferent watcher the past couple of seasons, often vicariously following the show through memes and then eventually catching up months after its aired. This season I’m actually watching it though, as my new housemate is a big fan so we have a weekly Game of Thrones session! I’m still emotional after episode three…
  • I’ve also been slowly working my way through One Planet. It’s heartbreaking to see what we as humans have done to the planet and somehow hearing it in David Attenborough’s voice makes me feel ten times worse.
  • On a lighter note, Jane the Virgin is back for its final season! I can’t wait to see how the show is going to end and I’m unequivocally Team Michael.
  • Beyoncé’s Coachella film, Homecoming, blew me away. I live with a Beyoncé superfan and had it not been for her I don’t think I would have watched this, but it’s really something special so check it out.

Making (sound)waves

  • I’ve had Billie Eilish’s new album WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? on repeat all month. It’s weird and catchy and just so different to everything out there right now.
  • I started reading Sofie Hagen’s Happy Fat so I’ve been catching up on her podcast with Jodie Mitchel, Secret Dinosaur Cult, which sees (or should I say ‘hears’?) them discuss different topics through the medium of… dinosaurs. Excellent stuff.
  • Another podcast I’ve been loving is Sleep Whispers. I’m a big fan of ASMR, I find it so relaxing and this podcast is perfect for helping me sleep. The host reads short stories or interesting Wikipedia articles in a soothing whisper that helps me drift right off!

What was your favourite April read?
Anything else you’ve been loving this month?

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